Ninetta Gonnelli-Bertolini is one of the newest residents at Brightview Senior Living Greentree where the level of enthusiasm and excitement for new neighbors is palpable. Executive Director Jennifer Steen says the staff at Brightview takes a good deal of time preparing for the arrival of a new resident.
“Time and effort are taken to inquire about interests, hobbies, what they enjoy doing and even what they did for a living. This is important in order to help new residents feel comfortable doing things they really enjoy. A hospitality committee is matched with each new resident to help ensure they easily get used to their new home.”
Gonnelli-Bertolini had been living independently in her own home on an acre of property in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, and after her husband passed away she and her family decided it would be best if she lived near them in South Jersey. Gonnelli-Bertolini’s daughter, Rosemary, found Brightview. “I am very used to open space and I found the apartments at Brightview very spacious and I really wanted a balcony, which I got,” says Gonnelli-Bertolini.
Many family members have concerns about their elderly parents living alone. Gonnelli-Bertolini had been living in her home for 27 years and was hesitant about leaving, as most people would be. However, after some falls and having to rely on her neighbor, Gonnelli-Bertolini’s family started the search for assisted living.
A standout for Gonnelli-Bertolini were the large and beautiful apartments, not to mention the feature many women dream about: a lot of closet space. “I was able to bring my furniture and plants and that was very important to me,” she says.
Upon arriving at Brightview Greentree, Gonnelli-Bertolini was greeted by the hospitality staff who presented her with a hand-painted bag with gifts in it. “They took me to dinner with them and also introduced me to other residents. They also helped with choosing a nice table for dinner. All of the associates who work here call me by my name and that makes me feel so welcome and at home.”
Gonnelli-Bertolini says everyone at Brightview Greentree is friendly. “I was asked if I read music and I said yes. I was brought the sheet music for Edelweiss and I played it on the baby grand piano in the living room.” For activities Gonnelli-Bertolini likes to do the one hour of exercise every day. “It is very helpful to be active and moving around,” she adds.
Gonnelli-Bertolini is very happy with her decision to live at Brightview Greentree and says “do not hesitate” to call.
Brightview Senior Living
170 E. Greentree Road, Marlton
Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 12, Issue 10.
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